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Lakeview at Fontana
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
North Carolina
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104 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Two Great Stays”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We just spent a very relaxing autumn weekend at Lakeview at Fontana, our second stay in less than two years. We were welcomed back by several staff members who remembered who we were from our first visit some 14 months earlier. As with our first visit, we did some hiking in the National Park, followed by some relaxing massages and evening wine and cheese before heading to Bryson City for our evening meals. This trip was enhanced by meeting a very nice couple who share our passion for traveling in Italy and learning that we also shared nearly identical Italian-American cultural heritage. We've been told that many people connect with new found friends at Lakeview. If you want a nice get-away-from-it-all experience in the North Carolina high country, Lakeview at Fontana needs to be high on your list.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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INNsights722, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeview at Fontana, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your "second" stay with us and that you connected with another couple with similar interests. Thank you for recommending us to other travelers and we hope to see you next year for trip #3!
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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Spent a weekend over Labor Day at Lakeview at Fontana. I like to comment on each aspect of the resort, with caveats.
First the room: We had cabin 18 which was a three room duplex with a kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The room was very clean and updated. The bed was very comfortable but squeaky (sorry neighbors!) There was a full range with stove, small refrigerator, sink, and everything you needed to cook if you wanted to. There were two drawbacks: the room is airconditioned with wall units which were loud, although very effective. This would not be a problem in cooler weather, but none of the windows opened! We did have a nice nap when it rained and turned off the air conditioning to hear the rain, but it got too hot to do this for very long. Secondly, the shower was difficult to figure out. By this I mean it was a hand held shower mounted in a strange place and was difficult to get it to stay in a comfortable position. The temperature and pressure was great, it just took come work to get yourself completely clean.

The coffee and pastries were wonderful and at least two mornings we selpt in so late I ran down there as they were closing and took a plate back up to our room. The staff did not seem to mind, even though I was pushing the limits!

I had a massage with Grace and it was one of the best massages I ever had. She really seemed to take her time, feel where my muscles were tense and spend extra time on those areas she magically discovered. Well worth it!

Location: If you are looking for a quiet area, this is perfect. If you are looking for a foodie weekend, you will be disappointed. The closest decent restaurant is 30 minutes away in Sylva, but it was worth the trip to LuLu's. I also was a little disappointed with the distance to hiking trails. I have spent a lot of time in the Blowing Rock area and I guess I was spoiled with the ability to drive 5 minutes and be in the woods.

Caveat: My wife got really sick on Saturday night and we visited the local emergency room at 1 am. As a physician at a large, tertiary care center, I was very pleasantly surprised with our visit. We were well taken care of and problem solved in one hour. This put a dent in our visit and limited our ability to explore given we were so tired on Sunday. It just means we need to go back to experience the yoga and more local venues.

All in all a great quiet place to reconnect as a couple. The staff was more than accommodating with our medical issues and with our tardiness arriving to breakfast!

Room Tip: Cabin 18 was farthest away from everything and quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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INNsights722, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeview at Fontana, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you so much for your feedback and review! We appreciate the details you provided to show other prospective guests what to expect here. We look forward to seeing you again, and we will share your review with our staff.
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Charlotte
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at Lakeview at Fontana. My friend girl and I got the Treat Yourself Right package. Morning yoga by the pool, one spa service per day, and a very relaxing atmosphere made for a perfect weekend. The only con was the how loud our airconditioning unit was in our 2 bedroom bungalow. I didn't sleep as peacefully because of the loud buzzing the unit made each time it came on throughout the night.

Room Tip: I stayed in Bungalow 16. However, I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a bad room here.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

This was our first visit to Lakeview at Fontana based on a recommendation from a friend. It was great! All of the staff was warm, welcoming and very attentive. Our room was lovely. We had a kitchen, bedroom and living room area as well as a beautiful covered front porch. The fresh coffee and pastries were wonderful as well as the snacks and wine in the evening. If you are looking to relax, unwind and unplug- I highly recommend this place. The spa services were excellent. The resort is very close to all kinds of hiking, white water rafting, biking and other outdoor activities if you'd like to add some adventure into the mix. It's a lovely place!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Lakeview at Fontana is a charming resort in the mountains with beautiful views! The staff was great and recommended great restaurants nearby. Breakfast is included as well as wine and snacks in the afternoon - very nice. The suite we rented was nicely furnished and very comfortable for the three of us. Would highly recommend Lakeview at Fontana!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Lakeview at Fontana was amazing. Everyone was so welcoming and went above and beyond to make us feel truly relaxed and pampered. The views were spectacular and service beyond belief. It was so nice getting to sleep in and wake up to fresh coffee and pastries in our pajamas or lounge clothes. The evening wine and snacks was even more than we imagined. We will certainly make this a yearly tradition with the girls.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Lakeview at Fontana was a wonderful hideaway in the mountains! Their hospitality was greatly appreciated. We miss the nightly sangria on the deck and our morning granola. Just outside of Bryson City, hiking, kayaking and restaurants were all within a short drive. They offer yoga and spa services as well. Definitely go back for a longer stay next time!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lakeview at Fontana
Address: 171 Lakeview Lodge Dr, Bryson City, NC 28713-5953
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Bryson City
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bryson City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lakeview at Fontana 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small-scale & casual, Lakeview at Fontana evokes a quaint Mediterranean-meets-Greenwich Village ambiance; complete with charming courtyard, gourmet coffeehouse, yoga studio, and spa. Rooms and suites offer the perfect refuge for those who prefer their mountain breezes scented with the rich aroma of a cafe mocha. Or anyone whose idea of a fine afternoon is mountain biking or hiking followed by a hot stone massage. The surrounding 45 acres reveal an outdoor pool, a scenic hiking trail, and, of course, spectacular views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. ... more   less 
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